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Acronis® Disk Director® 11 Advanced
Quick Start Guide

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1 Introducing Acronis® Disk Director® 11
Acronis® Disk Director® 11 Advanced is a powerful and easy-to-use tool for managing disks and
volumes on local and remote machines. With a comprehensive set of operations, you can organize
your hard disk and volume configuration for optimal performance, while keeping your data safe.
Key features
Acronis Disk Director offers many features including:
 New! Create both basic and dynamic volumes
The handy Create Volume wizard has been improved to support dynamic volumes creation. Now,
in addition to basic volumes, you can easily create dynamic volumes in Acronis Disk Director to:
 Increase the volume size beyond the capacity of a single disk, by using a spanned volume
 Reduce access time to files, by using a striped volume
 New! Add, remove, or break mirrored volumes*
Make your basic or simple volume fault-tolerant in just one action by adding a mirror. If you need
extra unallocated space on a disk containing one of the mirrors—remove a mirror. Break a
mirrored volume to get two independent simple volumes with initially identical content.
 New! Copy or move a volume of one type as a volume of another type
Change the type of a volume when copying or moving it. For example, you can copy the contents
of a mirrored volume to a spanned volume.
 New! Convert primary volumes to logical and vice versa
Convert a primary volume to logical to create a fifth volume on a disk that currently has four
primary volumes.
 New! Convert basic disks to dynamic and vice versa
Convert the existing basic disks to dynamic to achieve additional disk reliability for data storage.
 New! Convert GPT disks to MBR and vice versa
Change the partitioning scheme of your disk to the way you need it.
 New! Import foreign disks
Make dynamic disks added from another machine accessible for the system.
 New! Changing a disk status: online to offline and vice versa*
Change a disk status to offline in order to protect it from unintentional use.
 New! Disk cloning
The Disk Cloning wizard lets you replace the old basic MBR disk with a new one without
reinstalling operating systems and applications. It transfers all of the source disk data to a target
disk. The source disk volumes can be cloned to the target disk “as is”, or resized automatically
according to the target disk size.
 Disk and volume management operations
Experience the vast array of disk and volume management operations:
 Resize, move, copy, split and merge volumes without data loss or destruction
 Format and label volumes, change file systems, clusters size, assign volume letters, and set
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 Delete volumes and clean up disks
 Hide/unhide volumes
 Specify i-node density
 Initialize newly added hard disks
 Explore volume data, even on Linux volumes, before performing operations
 Preview changes made in disk and volume layout before applying them
 Browse through the detailed information about all hard disks, volumes, and file systems
 Acronis Recovery Expert
Helps you to recover accidentally lost or deleted volumes on basic MBR disks.
 Acronis Bootable Media Builder
Now, you can create bootable media based both on WinPE and Linux to use Acronis Disk Director
on bare metal or outside of an operating system.
 Acronis Disk Editor
A professional tool that performs a variety of actions on a hard disk.
 Log
Examine information about disk and volume operations, including reasons for failure, if any.
* For the operating systems that support such functionality.

2 Acronis Disk Director components
This section contains a list of Acronis Disk Director components with a brief description of their
Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced Agent for Windows
The agent provides disk management functionality such as, creating, resizing and merging volumes,
cloning disks, converting disks, changing a disk partitioning style between MBR and GPT or changing a
disk label, etc. These operations can be performed either in the operating system or using bootable
media. Each agent requires a license to perform operations on each managed machine.
Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced Management Console
The management console is an administrative tool for remote or local access to Acronis agents.
Usage of the console is not licensed.
Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced Bootable Media Builder
With bootable media builder, you can create bootable media in order to use the agents and other
rescue utilities in a rescue environment. Availability of the agent add-ons in a rescue environment
depends on whether an add-on is installed on the machine where the media builder is working.
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3 Installation and operation
3.1 System requirements
System requirements
Component Memory (above the
OS and running
Disk space required
during installation or
Disk space occupied
by the
Complete installation 300 MB 2 GB 1.01 GB
Agent for Windows 120 MB 500 MB 260 MB BIOS-based*
Bootable Media Builder 80 MB 700 MB 350 MB CD-RW or
Management Console 30 MB 700 MB 400 MB Screen
pixels or
* Machines that are based on Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) are not supported.
Bootable media
Media type Memory ISO image size
Based on Windows PE 512 MB 300 MB
Linux-based 256 MB 130 MB

3.2 Supported operating systems
Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced Agent for Windows
 Windows XP Home Editions/XP Professional SP2+
 Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
 Windows Vista – all editions
 Windows 7 – all editions
Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced Management Console
 Windows XP Home Editions/XP Professional SP2+
 Windows Server 2003/Server 2008
 Windows SBS 2003/SBS 2008
 Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Server 2003/2008 x64 Editions
 Windows Vista – all editions
 Windows 7 – all editions

3.3 Supported file systems
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 FAT16
 FAT32
 Ext2
 Ext3
 Reiser3
 Linux SWAP
The operations resulting in a change of volume size—that is: Create, Resize, Copy, Move, Merge,
Split—are not available for the XFS, Reiser4, HPFS and JFS file systems.

3.4 Supported media
 Hard disk drives (HDD) and solid-state drives (SSD)
 Support for IDE, SCSI and SATA interfaces
 CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R (including double-layer DVD+R), DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, BD-R, BD-RE
for bootable media creation*
 USB 1.1 / 2.0 / 3.0, FireWire (IEEE-1394) hard disk drives
 PC card storage devices
* Burned rewritable discs cannot be read in Linux without a kernel patch.

3.5 Where to install the components
The minimum configuration that enables you to perform disk management operations on a machine
includes Agent and Management Console. Connect the console to the machine where the agent is
installed and perform disk management operations on the machine.
An agent has to be installed on each machine you want to manage. The console, which provides the
GUI to the agents, should be installed on the machines from where the disk management operations
have to be performed.

3.6 Installation procedure
Do the following to install Acronis Disk Director:
1. Log on as an administrator and start the setup program.
2. Click Install Acronis Disk Director.
3. Accept the terms of the license agreement.
4. Select the installation type:
 The Typical installation will install all Disk Director components.
 The Custom installation lets you specify the components that you want to install.
5. Enter the license key. You need to enter the product license key at each agent installation.
6. Specify where to install the components. By default, the setup program will install components
to the C:Program FilesAcronis.
7. Specify credentials for the account under which the agent service will run. By default, the setup
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8. Confirm opening of the Microsoft Windows Firewall port.
Details. Acronis Disk Director uses TCP port 9876 for local installation and for communication
between components. If you use a different firewall, make sure that the port is open for both
incoming and outgoing requests through that firewall.
9. The summary window displays the list of components that will be installed on the machine. Click
Install to proceed with the installation.
10. After the installation, click Close to exit the setup program.
If you have several full licenses and need to install agents on other machines, repeat this procedure
for each machine.
Note: When canceling the installation process, only the last package is removed. Other components, if any,
remain installed.

3.7 Precautions
To avoid any possible disk and volume structure damage or data loss, please take all necessary
precautions and follow these simple rules:
1. Back up the disk whose volumes will be created or managed. Having your most important data
backed up to another hard disk or CD will allow you to work on disk volumes being reassured
that your data is safe.
Acronis has an extremely effective comprehensive data backup and recovery solution — Acronis True
Image. It creates a data or disk backup copy stored in a compressed archive file that can be restored in case
of an accident.
2. Check volumes to make sure they are fully functional and do not contain any bad sectors or file
system errors.
3. Do not perform any disk/volume operations while running other software that has low-level disk
access. Acronis Disk Director must obtain exclusive access to the target disk/volume. This means
no other disk management utilities (such as the Windows Disk Management utility) can access it
at that time. If you receive a message stating that the disk/volume cannot be blocked, close the
disk management applications that use this disk/volume and start again. If you cannot determine
which applications use the disk/volume, close them all.
With these simple precautions, you will protect yourself against accidental data loss.

3.8 User privileges
In order to perform any operation using Acronis Disk Director, you must be logged on as a member of
the Administrators group.

3.9 Running Acronis Disk Director
Running Acronis Disk Director in Windows
1. Start the management console by selecting it from the Start menu.
2. Connect the management console to the machine where the agent is installed.
3. In the Disk management view, examine the current layout of disks and volumes.
4. Add one or more management operations on disks and volumes to the queue of pending
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5. In the Disk management view, examine how the layout of disks and volumes will look when the
pending operations are completed.
6. Commit the pending operations. Monitor the operation progress in the Tasks view. Use the Log
view to examine the history of operations performed on the machine.
Some operations, such as changing the size of a volume from which Windows starts, may require
restarting the machine.
Running Acronis Disk Director from a bootable media
Acronis Disk Director has a bootable version that can be run on a bare metal system, or on a crashed
machine that cannot boot normally, or even on a non-Windows system, like Linux. A bootable
version of Acronis Disk Director is created with Acronis Bootable Media Builder.
To run Acronis Disk Director, boot the machine from a bootable media, and then select Acronis Disk
While working under bootable media, Acronis Disk Director can perform almost all the operations on
any disks and volumes that can be performed under Windows.

3.10 Upgrading Acronis Disk Director
This section describes how to upgrade Acronis Disk Director.

3.10.1 Upgrading from demo to full product version
The demo key required at installation can be obtained on the Acronis Web site.
The demo version of Acronis Disk Director is fully functional, except for the following limitations:
 All volume operations can be performed on volumes whose initial and resulting size is not larger
than 100 MB. Operations on volumes whose size is larger than 100 MB cannot be committed.
 The following disk operations can be committed only if the total size of all volumes on the disk is
not larger than 100 MB:
 MBR to GPT and vice versa disk conversion.
 Basic to dynamic and vice versa disk conversion.
 Clone basic disk.
 Clean up disk.
To upgrade from the demo version to the full product, you do not need to re-download the software.
To upgrade from demo to full product version
1. Connect the console to the machine and click Help > Switch to full license.
2. Enter the full license key.

3.10.2 Upgrading from previous product versions
If the languages of the two products are different, uninstall Acronis Disk Director 10 before installing
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The procedures below assume that you have an upgrade license key, but you can also use these
procedures if you have a full license key.
Upgrading Acronis Disk Director 10 Suite to Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced
Before proceeding with the upgrade, make sure that:
 You have the license key for Acronis Disk Director 10 Suite.
 You have a full or upgrade license key for Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced Workstation.
The upgrade procedure
1. Log on as an administrator to the machine where Acronis Disk Director 10 Suite is installed.
2. Start the Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced setup program.
3. Click Install Acronis Disk Director.
4. For the upgrade license key: Specify the upgrade license key and the license key for Acronis Disk
Director 10 Suite.
For the full license key: specify only the key for Acronis Disk Director 11 Workstation.
5. Follow the on-screen instructions as described in Installation procedure (p. 6).
Result: Acronis Disk Director 10 Suite is replaced with Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced

4 Technical Support
Maintenance and Support Program
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